The body of the nine-year-old female child who was stoned to death in the name of ‘honour’ will be exhumed on Wednesday morning whereas a four-member medical board has been formed to probe the matter.
A notification from the director-general of the Sindh Health Services, Dr Masood Ahmed Solangi, the medical board has been ordered to release its findings in a report three days from the exhumation and the subsequent post-mortem.
The medical board comprises the medical superintendent of Hyderabad, two professors — including one of pathology — from Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS) in Jamshoro, and the Hyderabad police surgeon.
A day prior, local judicial magistrate Agha Imran Pathan had given the go-ahead to exhume the body after the senior superintendent of police (SSP) for Dadu, Farrukh Raza, had submitted a request for the same a day prior.
The same day, police included the deceased girl’s mother into their investigation.
According to details, the incident occurred in Dadu’s Kacho where on November 21, the girl was stoned to death after being allegedly blamed for Karo Kari. During the investigations, the Imam who performed the girl’s funeral prayers told the journalists and police about the murder, on which FIR was reported.
According to FIR, some relatives of the girl killed her with stones following a conspiracy. On the other hand, the girl’s father — who was arrested alongside two others — refuted the honour-killing claim, saying his daughter was killed in an accident when a mountain rock fell on her.
The three arrestees — including the child’s father, Ali Bakhsh, Moulvi Mumtaz Laghari, and a facilitator of her funeral and burial — were remanded into police custody on Sunday after they were presented to the district session judge. Apart from them, two others have been named in the first information report (FIR) filed over the case.
A police spokesperson, Abdul Razzaq Qambrani, had said Sunday raids were being carried out to search for and detain the remaining two accused and explained that the victim’s family was a group of nomads who moved from one place to another for trade between Sindh and Balochistan.